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Opening Statement for Fifth Day of Public Hearings from Holmes Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (11/21/2019)

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                                   DAVID A. HOLMES
                       U.S. EMBASSY KYIV, DEPARTMENT OF STATE

                                     BEFORE THE

                              HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


                              THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

                                    PRESENTED ON

                                  NOVEMBER 21, 2019

                                    I.  Introduction

       Good morning Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Nunes, and Members of the Committee.
My name is David Holmes, and I am a career Foreign Service Officer with the Department of
State. Since August 2017, I have been the Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv,
Ukraine. While it is an honor to appear before you, I want to make clear that I did not seek this
opportunity to testify today. Since you determined that I may have something of value to these
proceedings and issued a subpoena, it is my obligation to appear and tell you what I know.
Indeed, as Secretary Pompeo has stated, I hope everyone who testifies will go do so truthfully,
accurately. When they do, the oversight role will have been performed, and I think America will
come to see what took place here. That is my goal: to testify truthfully and accurately to
enable you to perform that role. And to that end, I have put together this statement to lay out
as best I can my recollection of events that may be relevant to this matter.

                                    II.  Background

       By way of background, I have spent my entire professional career as a Foreign Service
Officer. Like many of the dedicated public servants who have testified in these proceedings, my
entire career has been in service of my country. I am a graduate of Pomona College in
Claremont, California, and received graduate degrees in international affairs from the
University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International Affairs. I joined the Foreign Service in 2002 through an apolitical,
merit-based process under the George W. Bush administration, and I have proudly served
administrations of both parties and worked for their appointees, both political and career.

       Prior to my current post in Kyiv, Ukraine, I served in the political and economic sections
at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. In Washington, I served on the National Security

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